District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-05-27

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) reports monitoring angling activities on Kabetogama and Rainy Lake. Many anglers were out and they were reporting a slower bite over the holiday weekend, but overall most anglers were able to have one or two in the live well. CO Van Asch also attended ATV Safety classes in the area and held the riding portion for the two classes later on in the week. The youths in attendance were eager to get on the course and show their skills off. Special thanks to those who volunteered to help during the class. Enforcement action was taken for over limit of walleye, no skin patch, no angling license in possession, fail to display valid watercraft registration, and failure to remove drain plug.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports angling and boating activities monitored over the holiday weekend. Assistance was provided to DNR Forestry on fire investigation. Public access sites were monitored and area forest roads patrolled. Equipment work is on-going along with computer related work and data entry.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reported anglers were still having moderate success, and some larger walleye were being caught. A number of musky were caught incidentally by walleye anglers. Officer worked anglers and boating enforcement all week. The officer took a couple of bear calls, but in the end the bears moved on without any issues.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATVs, the state park, and invasive species enforcement. Fishing without a license and angling with extra lines was encountered frequently over the holiday weekend, including one angler who was also cited for fishing after suspension as he had not paid the extra line citation the officer issued him in 2014. Enforcement action consisted of angling without a license, angle with extra lines, unregistered watercraft, fail to display watercraft registration, no PFDs, transport aquatic macrophytes, no driver?s license, driving after revocation and a number of ATV violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) dealt with nuisance bear issues around the Virginia area. In one instance, it appeared a bear entered a trailer house twice in one evening. The homeowner was an elderly lady who had taken out her hearing aids in the evening and awoke to the mess the bear left. Instances like this are rare but CO Frericks would like to remind people that until there are more abundant natural food sources, bears may be inclined to behavior such as this. Boaters on area lakes were checked. Enforcement action was taken for failure to have navigation lights on after sunset.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked angling and boating activities throughout the week. Memorial weekend for the most part had very nice weather, with Memorial Day a soaker. Walleyes and northern were scarce but bass, blue gills, and crappies were very active. ATVs and OHM were also out in many areas. Violations of no angling license, insufficient PFD, no boat registration, and operate OHM on a roadway were found.

Ray - vacant.